Package delivered to St James's Palace treated as racist hate crime by police

A package containing a substance which was sent to St James's Palace is being treated as a racist hate crime, Scotland Yard said.

Police have launched an investigation after the letter was delivered to the royal residence in central London on February 12.

The substance was tested and not found to be suspicious, the Metropolitan Police said.

No arrests have been made.

The Metropolitan Police said: "Officers are also investigating an allegation of malicious communications which relates to the same package, and it is being treated as a racist hate crime.

"The matter is being investigated by officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command."

St James's Palace is home to several members of the Royal Family and their household offices.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live two miles from St James's Palace (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live around two miles from St James's Palace (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The residence is situated around two miles from Kensington Palace, where Prince Harry lives with his soon-to-be wife Meghan Markle.

Ms Markle, whose father is Caucasian and mother is African-American, said in a BBC interview in November that it had been "disheartening" to receive negative attention about her ethnicity in the early period of her relationship with Harry.

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